We hear the message that yoga is great for our kids, and how relaxing and wonderful it is. Easier said than done, when you have your hands full and no free time. How can you make your kids excited about yoga from the get-go, and into the whole idea without having to force it on them? The answer? Yoga mats for kids! The Little Yoga Mat recently caught my attention a few weeks ago at a kids’ fair. I stopped and realized, “Wow. This is actually really breakthrough. It’s making practicing yoga accessible to small people. This is important.”
Check out our interview with The Little Yoga Mat’s founder, Jensen Wheeler Wolfe.
Can you tell me a little bit about your experience with yoga, and kids, and yoga with kids? I am a certified yoga instructor. I was trained at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, and Virayoga with Lois Nesbitt in New York, and I have a 500 hour teacher certification from the National Yoga Alliance.
I taught adults for about 10 years – was on the staff at a few studios in NYC. But when my daughter entered preschool in 2006 they needed a yoga teacher there so I started teaching weekly. I also taught in her elementary school – 3rd grade.
How did you come up with the idea of a kid’s yoga mat, and why do you think it’s important? I launched The Little Yoga Mat because there weren’t other small yoga mats on the market. I saw how much the kids in my classes enjoyed having a mat their size. We live in a pretty adult world and kids can use their parent’s mat, but I’m hearing again and again from customers that their kids love having a mini yoga mat. I do a Q&A every few months with a yogi called Featured Yogi Star. Every time I ask the kids why they like my mat they say, “because it is mine and my size.” Moms also like the hip patterns, bright colors, and that they are completely chemical-free.
Jensen Wheeler Wolfe founded The Little Yoga Mat, after creating mats for her daughter’s pre-school. She has completed yoga teacher trainings at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, and from Virayoga in New York City. She is a registered teacher with the National Yoga Alliance. Jensen has a diverse background that includes acting and dancing professionally, fact checking for magazines and producing cooking, history and theatrical documentaries for television. For the past 15 years, she has taught yoga to adults and children in New York City where she lives in a 5-flight walk up with her husband and daughter. Her daughter has this awesome YouTube channel too!